Archbishops Eamon Martin and Diarmuid Martin to concelebrate 1916 Mass of Remembrance in Arbour Hill on Sunday  

22 Apr 2016

  • RTÉ to live broadcast coverage from 9.45am

Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin and Primate of Ireland, will concelebrate the annual 1916 Mass of Remembrance in the Church of the Sacred Heart – the church of the Defence Forces – in Arbour Hill, Dublin at 10.00am this Sunday, 24 April, the centenary date of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Archbishop Eamon Martin will be principal celebrant at the Mass.  Archbishop Diarmuid Martin will preside and preach the homily.

The President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins, as well as members of the Government, will be in attendance at the Mass, joined by relatives of those executed following the Rising.

To mark this special anniversary, an inter-faith prayer service will take place after the Mass in Arbour Hill Cemetery, along with a wreath-laying by President Higgins.  The adjacent military cemetery is the resting place for fourteen of the executed leaders of the Rising including Pádraig Pearse, James Connolly and Major John McBride.

The 1916 Mass of Remembrance and surrounding events will be broadcast live on RTÉ One Television and on RTÉ Radio 1 Extra and Longwave 252.  Television coverage begins at 9.45am and radio coverage begins at 10.00am, which is the scheduled start time for the Mass. 

For media contact: Catholic Communications Office Maynooth: Martin Long 00353 (0) 86 172 7678